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Slacker, thy name is me [Apr. 14th, 2007|09:03 pm]
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I haven't posted in days because...well...I haven't posted in days. It's not that I don't have anything to blog about, I'm just a bit computered out, I think. I haven't really been commenting much or replying to comments or even posting as much on my chatty boards as I usually do.

I think it's just that I have been so busy at work with computer stuff that when I get home I can't bear to do any more typing. But hopefully the biggest crunch is over, and I won't have to spend so much time glued to my desk in the immediate future.

I started this blog in June of 2004. I can't believe it's been that long ago. I started it for two reasons, one of which was to get past my writer's block. I thought the accountability of having everyone see what I wasn't writing would help me write. That's been a mixed bag, I think. I've gotten lazier about blogging, and lazier about what I blog. But I'm not altogether unhappy with the process, or the result, and I've cyber-met some interesting people along the way.

The second reason I started this blog was to journal my attempt at a healthier lifestyle; specifically, changing my eating habits and dropping some weight. That never happened. I realized when I started blogging that I really didn't want to talk about it. Heck, who am I kidding...I really didn't want to do it.

So, here I am nearly three years later, and I'm ready to get serious. No more snacking after 9:00 pm. No more carb binging. More veggies. Less junk. Walk more. I haven't been perfect (The Boy got it into his head earlier this week that we would eat lunch at Sonic today, and there was no dissuading him, and what's a lime slush among family?) but I have been good, and this morning my weight was in a place it hasn't been in far too long. Still a long way from the place it needs to be, but closer. On the fringes of the edges of the suburb of the city where it should be.

And that's something, right?

[User Picture]From: causedujour
2007-04-15 02:53 am (UTC)
Sure is.

I'm not so sure the *somethings* I sometimes post are "worthy" of reading....sometimes less is more. Quality not quantity?

(hey, any excuse is a good one, right?)
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-04-15 04:05 pm (UTC)
Everything you post is worthy of reading. I actually do a little happy chair-dance when I see you've made a new post.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-04-15 08:30 am (UTC)
You once said something on one of those chats we used to have years ago. I thought was hilarious and t has stuck with me all this time. It was:

"I'm about 20 pounds over the weight I said I would never allow myself to reach."

Yeah. I resemble that comment.

What do you think are the chances that I'm going to lose 25 pounds by the start of my vacay on May 8th?

Me either. So I just just bought a bigger swimsuit.

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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-04-15 04:07 pm (UTC)
You know what's funny? I actually got about 20 pounds over the 20 pounds over the weight I said I would never allow myself to reach.

Now the weight I said I would never allow myself to reach is about 10 pounds less than my goal weight.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-04-15 02:01 pm (UTC)

Two Cents, Somewhat Off the Beaten Path

For what it's worth:

I really get a kick out of reading your blog. It's the second place I go after I check my mail. When you don't write it, I miss it. Just lately I found myself thinking, "Even when J. K. Rowling finishes the Harry Potter series this summer, Spin-the-Moon will still be writing her blog and I'll have that to look forward to."

You try so hard and you expect so much out of yourself and you give so much to other people. To paraphrase Jareth, King of the Goblins: I think you're exhausted from living up to your own expectations.

I think that that House is draining you and everyone in it. And I think it will get worse before it gets better. I dread it.

If you've never tried using Bell, Book and Candle as an exorcism, the New Moon is on Tuesday, which would be A Good Day for it. The exorcism passage is in the New Testament. Otherwise, you need a small bell, a white candle, some kosher salt, some Spring water and a Bible. You must do it alone. When the house is empty, start at the very top, at the North, going clockwise, room by room. Light the candle before you enter the first room, read the passage in every room and when you have come to the last room, read the passage, close the Bible, close the prayer in Christ's name, and ring the Bell LOUDLY three times with feeling. At the bottom of the House, from the South, going counter-clockwise, lay down Spring water and Kosher salt on all the thresholds, windows, doors, everything as wards. When you've worked your way back to the top of the House and have laid down water and salt, ring the bell again, loudly, three times, ask for the banishing and grace in Christ's name, close the book, blow out the candle and seal it all with your silence, for at least an hour, more if possible. Take all the things you've used the the ritual and wrap them in a dark cloth. Put them as close to the main threshold of your house, in a place where no one will notice them if possible, and don't move them for a lunar month. Try your best not to talk to anyone about what you have done.

PLEASE be careful.


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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-04-15 04:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Two Cents, Somewhat Off the Beaten Path

Thanks for your kind words. It helps to know someone is reading.

For the exorcism, does it matter what time of day?

And now I have to go watch Labyrinth again.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-04-16 10:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Two Cents, Somewhat Off the Beaten Path

To the best of my knowledge, for *this* exorcism anyway, it doesn't matter what time of day that you do it in. It just matters that you do it! I hate the role of doomsayer, but you and The Boy are sick so much and things in That House FALL like they mean it!


biting fingernails
(but anticipating second episode of "Drive"--Nathan Fillion ROCKS!)

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From: misty_bay
2007-04-15 02:49 pm (UTC)

I've said this before, but it bears repeating.

Before I turned about 35, all I had to do was *think* about losing weight, and I would.

Now? I'm ashamed to say it took me a year to lose 20 pounds. (Give or take) I'm far more sedentary, so it's my own fault. I know...I know....get moving, you'll want to keep moving, but when you spend a majority of your time transporting younglings hither and yon, it's hard to just say 'screw it' I'm taking care of me. Not that the kids are an excuse for my laziness, but after a day of work, kids, etc., I'm BEAT.

That's what I've had to realize. I'm not under 35 anymore. It's not going to come off lickety-split. I just have to be patient, get my ass in gear and focus.

But I am very proud of you. And I read your recipes, and you eat very, very healthy. Which has to account for something, right?

And I have to agree with your friend on the house thing. Read back through your blog and see how often you, or a family member is sick. It may be draining all the 'good' energy out of you. I'd happily send you a smudge stick if your interested. :O) Are you by any chance over an old Indian burial ground? LOL!

According to recent blogs, the house is up. By one. :O)
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-04-15 04:10 pm (UTC)

Re: I've said this before, but it bears repeating.

I'm thinking either old Indian burial ground, or mold. What I really need to do is rip all the insulation out of the attic, strip all the sheetrock off the walls, and start over.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-04-15 04:01 pm (UTC)
Ha! As YOU know, not blogging for a few days is nothing to someone like me who went several MONTHS with nary a blog. And I still think you look great, but I can totally relate to the need for a healthier lifestyle. I still have days where I eat like a teenager whose parents are out of town for the weekend. You should be proud of how far you've come, and use that as proof that you can make it the rest of the way!

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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-04-15 04:12 pm (UTC)
"eat like a teenager whose parents are out of town for the weekend"

YES! Exactly!! At least I have finally trained my husband not to bring home snack food I like.
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From: blissonbliss
2007-04-15 05:09 pm (UTC)
Yes and it really bums me out when you slack, too. But I'm glad I'm not the only one. Somedays, weeks, I'm just glued to the screen and when I come home, the last thing I want to do is get back on the 'puter. Ewww. I love this blog and all the facets of your life you capture so well. Better than any ole fiction.
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[User Picture]From: sphyr
2007-04-17 04:56 pm (UTC)
I don't think you'd regognize me since you last saw me. Or maybe you'd recognize a much, much earlier me. I've lost 50 lbs in the last 2 years. I sort of stagnated about 6 months ago, but I switched to Nutrisystem and lost another 10 lbs the last 6 weeks.
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[User Picture]From: aims814
2007-04-17 10:05 pm (UTC)
I started blogging for some of the same reasons. Then after a while, it became a way of keeping in touch with my "new" journal friends. I'm always happy to see someone has posted something new.

Hey, whenever you find low-fat recipes while you're changing your eating habits, please share them with the rest of us. I'll do the same over at my place. We've just decided to eat healthier, too.
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